Republicans have "gall" to suggest that an immigration bill shouldn't move this year, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Wednesday.

Reid accused Republicans of being disingenuous and partisan by demanding Democrats not pursue an immigration bill, pointing to the Republican-led effort to pass a tough, new immigration law in Arizona, which grew out of frustration toward federal inaction on immigration.

"We have a situation that's pretty interesting," Reid said at the tail end of a press conference on financial reform. "We have Republicans all over the country saying the reason we have problems with immigration is they're not doing anything in Washington."

Reid had shaken up the legislative schedule by placing immigration before an energy and climate bill on the agenda. He quickly walked back that schedule after Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) threatened to pull his support for the energy bill he's been crafting with Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.).

Graham, who has also worked with Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on a compromise immigration bill, has since suggested that Democrats shouldn't even bring up immigration this year at all.

"For anyone saying that we shouldn't do immigration this year, especially Republicans, that takes a lot of gall," Reid said Wednesday, saying that Schumer had begun work on an outline of an immigration bill he hopes to turn into legislation.